A new ordinance passed in Plymouth, Michigan will soon require all downtown bars and restaurants with outdoor seating to install security cameras. Beginning in April 2013, the city’s ordinance will impact at least 10 businesses. Plymouth Downtown Development Authority (DDA) drafted the ordinance, which was then submitted to the Plymouth City Council. As reported by Direct Free Press, the city’s ordinance affects only businesses with liquor licenses.
Already, roughly 90% of bars and restaurants in the downtown area have some type of surveillance system in place. The DDA drafted the ordinance in an effort to protect businesses and patrons. "It's become more and more a nighttime hot spot and we try to be pro-active rather that reactive," he said. "We haven't had any major incidents, and really it's an extension of what's going on in the restaurant,” said John Buzuvis, Director of Business Operations, who was quoted in Direct Free Press.
Newly installed cameras will help deter criminal mischief as well monitor business employees. Plymouth City Manager Paul Sincock believes that very few customers will notice the new surveillance cameras. "In the event there is a problem, it's covered. It helps protect the businesses as well, since they've got patio furniture and equipment out there, too,” spoke Sincock. For more details, you can read the original article here.
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